I’ve been scouring around the various Italian music chart websites looking for something new and inspiring. There are slim pickings at the moment. For example, of the top 20 songs listed for Italy at at top40-charts.com, only one is in Italian. It is the latest by former Sanremo Festival winner Valerio Scanu, a new entry at number 12. I wonder how much higher it will go.
The most recent winner of the X Factor series in Italy, Michele Bravi, soared to the top spot just before Christmas with this song, but it has fallen off the charts as quickly as it rose.
Finally, well-respected singer Giorgia (her full name is Giorgia Todrani and her biography here makes interesting reading; she too is a former Sanremo winner and throughout her career has teamed up on duets with well-known artists such as Andrea Bocelli and Ronan Keating – is back on the scene with Quando una stella muore (When a star dies).